January 17th, 2016
RELEASE for S3 Mini
CyanogenMod 12.1

New stable release (20160117) of CM12.1 for S3 Mini is available!

Please, test it and report any bugs!

For flashing Lollipop, we recommend you to install our TWRP recovery (available on Download page)!

Do full backup before installation and wipe data/cache (factory reset) after installation if you don’t updating from older CM12.0 release.

You need to perform a wipe if you’re migrating from software different than CM12.0!

You can get it on our DOWNLOAD page.


  • CM sources updated to latest version
  • reduced FB/Messenger wakelocks for better battery life
  • Odin package update


  • RIL (phone/SMS/3G)
  • audio (both speakers/headphones/microphone)
  • Wi-fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with LE support A2DP
  • GPS/Glonass/A-GPS
  • sensors
  • compass
  • camera (taking photos and videos)
  • video playing
  • 2D/3D HW Acceleration
  • all native tethers (Wifi/BT/USB)
  • Google Play
  • CPU sleep mode
  • MTP
  • ADB
  • no tearing
  • tripple buffering
  • external storage
  • f2fs filesystem support
  • offline charging


  • video taken by stock camera app is green, but some apps like Camu taking correct videos without any issues
  • less than 2% of users are reporting issues with mobile data – just add new APN manually with settings proper for your provider and apply it to make 3G working

I’d be glad, if you shared links to our download page, instead of direct links to download.
Also would be great, if you wouldn’t create the mirrors 😉

If somehow you’ll find a bug, use our bugtracker if you want to report it.

66 Responses
  • John says:

    Hello nova. Is there a way, that you fix camera problem or it is not able ? Thank you 🙂

  • Torsten says:

    Thanks again!

  • José Julio Suárez says:

    What’s the objective of this update? Nothing important has been changed at all, just log updates. I would be also glad if you could fix camera bug once for all because Camu videos are extra-laggy,

    • Livi-Tech says:

      I am talking from experience when I say
      It is possible but hard to do without help from Samsung or a developer with insane knowledge of porting and kernel editing

      As the camera code was created for jellybean on the kernel level
      Extremely surprised that everything else like WiFi is working properly

  • José Julio Suárez says:

    Nothing at all fixed, just log updates. Please, fix camera issue once and for all!

    • Johnie says:

      Thats unpossible, because this is a driver problem. Only Samsung itsself can publish new drivers for Lollipop for S3 mini…

      If you need nativ cam support you must use CM11 Kitkat rom.

  • EverGreen says:

    Guys, anyone known if Wi-Fi (unlock device bug) Fixed in this release?? Thx in andvance!!!

    • tomas says:

      Double unlock? Not fixed, but this small bug.
      Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi normal. Lamp freezes sometimes. And sometimes he reloaded. But all this stuff – the calls works perfectly, the battery is not eating, loud call, loud voice.

      NovaFusion firmware for old devices – big bug only green cam(no hd video, sd – camu), others bugs – small: double unlock, battery adc(no voltage), ota update, lamp freezes, reboots (root – probably not bug). This firmware is much better than the stock firmware for some new devices.

    • José Julio Suárez says:

      Was there a WI-FI bug? Which is it?

    • Edimilson says:

      Ao menos aqui, Sim. Wi-Fi Ok.

  • rarriola says:

    Has anyone experienced problems with voip calls (Skype, WhatsApp, etc.)? When I call or when someone else calls me, I can hear, but they can’t hear me.
    Thanks for this update!

    • Zwenn says:

      I had this problem but it is because of Google Now is blocking the micro and waiting for you to say “o. K. Google “. You have to disable it in the settings for Language. It shouldn’t work on every screen. Then Skype will work properly again.

  • low voice during the intervie.
    Please find solution 🙁

  • wizahh101 says:

    This build is working perfectly for me. Thank you Nova!!!

  • Deniz says:

    Please solve the problems of green video recording 🙁

    • tomas says:

      This not fix for Android5. Use Camu and recording SD video. HD video – only Android4 (CM11) or Stock. Say “thanks” to Samsung for video drivers.

  • Muhittin says:

    Thanks much, you are the best

  • alex says:

    cam plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 🙁

    • Mike says:

      You’re right, we need someone that really knows about driver development. From all the talent I’ve seen I’m surprised no one has cracked it yet.

      • z1rqdym says:

        AudioFX is really works laggy. İs there any way to replace it with Viper4android. it’s work much better then AudioFX.

  • stu.cz says:

    Hi guys.
    Can anybody place here some video taken by camu or any other running app in Cy12.1? I have tried Cy12.1 but the video taken by camu was 5fps. I had to go back to Cy11.
    Thanks all.

  • Bomilkar says:

    I’m using 20160112 of CM12.1 on S3 Mini
    Bluetooth is switching off by itself after a few hours and it won’t let me turn it on again.
    The only way (I found) to turn it on is to re-start. Interestingly: BT is turned on after the restart. (for a few hours and then, see above…)

    Is that a known issue?
    If not: where can I find the Bugtracker?

  • stu.cz says:

    Hi all.
    Can anybody place here a video taken by Camu or any other application running in Cyanogenmod 12.1? I tried cyanogenmod 12.1 but the Camu take 5fps video. Unusable.
    Thanks to all.

  • EverGreen says:

    This message is for the developer’s, I hope help you Nova!!!

    WIFI problem persist in this release.

    How to check the problem:

    1- Set your WIFI Router Security to WPA2(AES).
    1a- Apply changes

    2- Restart your Router

    3- In your smartphone, go to WIFI and connect to it, and verify if Internet is working.

    4- when smartphone is connected correctly, lock it via power button and restart your WIFI router.
    4a Check via other smart is WIFI working again. (Don’t touch the smart Locked)

    5- With another smart connected to the same WIFI net, send message yourself to the other one via mail or other application installed and configured in your (Smart Locked).

    6- Without touching (Smart Locked) the messages never arrive.

    7- When the home key or power key is pressed, the smartphone automatly connect to wifi in a few seconds.


    Tested with a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini GT-I8190L

    Please Fix It, and very THX for your work, I really apreciated this!!! 🙂

    Edimilson follow this tutorial and recheck if your WIFI reconect automatly, if not, you’re in the same problem.

    Edimilson seguir este tutorial e volte a verificar se o seu WIFI reconectar automaticamente, se não, você está no mesmo problema.

    • Edimilson says:

      Thanks for the tip !
      But really wifi are connecting normally , when it was before the screen desbloquio , took to connect wi- fi, or could not even connect alone, but this version 17-01 , I do not have this problem. I’m receiving messages and notifications normally when not being on line with phone in hand in use.

  • z1rqdym says:

    For video record use vivavideo.

  • colo says:

    Sound Recorder says ” internal problems ” and not let me send audio through WhatsApp , that there any solution for this ?? thanks

    • rarriola says:

      rarriola says:
      January 18, 2016 at 8:50 am
      Has anyone experienced problems with voip calls (Skype, WhatsApp, etc.)? When I call or when someone else calls me, I can hear, but they can’t hear me.
      Thanks for this update!

      January 20, 2016 at 7:32 am
      I had this problem but it is because of Google Now is blocking the micro and waiting for you to say “o. K. Google “. You have to disable it in the settings for Language. It shouldn’t work on every screen. Then Skype will work properly again.

  • Javier says:

    After install all the apps (Ex instagram, etc) it can be moved to SD card.
    Facebook app can not be instaled.
    Clock problems, can not work

    sorry for my english

  • z1rqdym says:

    Battery drain faster then release 2016/01/12. But this release is much faster. I hope you could fix this.

  • Elvitek says:

    I can’t install Facebook app, early 2016, fix it!

  • Katman says:

    I read your comments guys out there, and it’s like you are talking to your battler: “(I command you) Fix it”. Don’t you ever use words like: “Please”.

    WTF. You guys take a FREE ROM and you are so rude like you paid so much money for something which was supposed to work and it’s not working. If you want to be rude, do it with Samsung who sold that mobile to you and has stopped support months ago and let all of us with Android. 4.1

    If you think something is missing, do it yourself and give it for free to others. If you can’t fix it, be patient and for God shake, be POLITE.

  • caitlynkoch says:

    I have to say in advance that I updated multiple CM12.1 versions.
    At first glance the release is good.
    Minor problems:
    – brightness slider does not work
    – Google clock / clock widget crashes sometimes

  • DatGuyXy says:

    Hey, my NFC has stopped working since i installed.. Anyone know of a fix?

  • Bomilkar says:

    I’m still having Bluetooth problems with my S3-mini, and I can’t believe I’m the only one. So, please help me if you can.

    I have updated to the latest CM12.1 build 20160117. 20160112 was the the first CM12.1 release installed (clean with factory reset, whipe) with open_gapps-arm-5.1-micro-20160115.

    BT turns itself off after a few minutes or hours, even if it’s not been used (at least not that I’m aware). And then it refuses to turn on again. All I can do is restart the phone.

    I was using CM11.0 20151017 without any BT issues for months. So I don’t believe it’s a H/W problem. And everything else is working very well with CM12.1. I’d hate to go back to CM11.

    What can I do to trace the issue?
    Please help.

  • Marcus says:

    Hi guys great work,
    unfortunately I have some issues with the bluetooth function. After some hours the bluetooth function got frozen. Meaning the bluetooth main process is still running, but some sub processes are getting lost. So, when I stopp the bluetooth app and start afterwards the BT function I have the main process running plus 9 subprocesses before there were only 7.

    Could you kindly check and solve it.

    Thanks, Marcus

  • Carlos Pelaez says:

    does any body know an alternative to camu to solve the video problem? every thing else is working great. tanks

  • Juan Manuel says:

    I cant download, when the download start i can download max 3 or 2 MB and after download crash.. Help

  • moeedqurishi says:

    how can use snapchat? without video fix!

  • SloCompTech says:

    So far is all working except wi-fi is little laggy, cam is ok. Thank you
    Missing feature: NFC

  • Alfonso says:

    I have release (20160112) of CM12.1 for S3 Mini, in future releases you can increase the volume of the earpiece when the phone is to your ear, and also volumes in general, handsfree call, because the app increases AudioFX only when you listen to music instead of me serving mainly in call.
    thank you

  • SloCompTech says:

    Great work. Camera is working ok, problem is with google play store when phone goes to standby mode and turn off screen it stops downloading app and when you turn screen on it says that network limitations for google play have been set, but I didn’t find that settings anywhere, i had only wi-fi on. I miss NFC feature and I couldn’t get OTG working yet. Thank you and keep going with great work.

  • Dear nova, will you create a cyanogenmod 13 (Android 6.0) for S3 Mini?

  • Gonçalo Forte says:

    Hi I’ve tried this release on a S3 Mini wih a previous version of CM and everything went fine. But then I tried to flash a stock S3 Mini and neither the touch buttons or the sounds work. Can anyone help me? Thank you!

  • Gonçalo Forte says:

    Hi, I have tried this release on a S3 Mini with a previous version of CM and everything went fine. But then i tried flashing a stock S3 Mini and now the touch buttons don’t work. They flash a few seconds on boot but then they simply don’t work.

  • fyfyone says:

    If I try to install an apk, it says ‘App not installed’. Can someone please help me?

    • José Julio Suárez says:

      Download es file explorer, create a folder in /system/data, give it the same permissions as the other folders there have an paste the apk there. Restart, go there and install that apk. Then, delete the folder. Done! Thats how i installed minecraft and hitman

      • José Julio Suárez says:

        Also remember that system folder isnt nor in sdcard or scard1, its in “device” category (the flash)

  • Aaron says:

    here it goes

    this rom is great and awesome bit please help me fix my problem, when i tried to change mu phone s3mini, it wont charge on switch off mode, o can only see the charging progress of my phone is swich on

  • lebrnno says:

    Hello, I used the Factory Reset on my S3 Mini and now my phone is in Boot Loop flashes “teamwin”. How do I fix this?

  • Raí Rafael says:

    Snapchat doesn’t work, the cam have problems with all apps.

  • Cadi_de says:

    First of all – thxs a lot to Nova for the hard word keeping our old S3 Mini at life …

    But this Rom has a problem with the CPU usage/sleep at least on my device
    (high CPU usage in/from the Android system itself and the CPUs are not speeding down
    runs almost at 1GHz) … result is a fast battery drain (sometimes)
    seems to be, that this is issue is gone in the new one from 20162301 …

  • Carlos Pelaez says:

    hi every body, i have problems when a try to move apps to sd, i always get a message telling me that there is no space. I try to format the sd from TWRP in f2fs but still does not work. Tanks for the help

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